It is that season again when it is time to put away the swimming pool and get to work on your Polaris snowmobile.
If you put it away last year, without much attention, then you should take the time now to really give it a good once over and replace or renew any parts. If you are mechanically inclined, then this is something you can do yourself and save a lot of money.
Check on all the parts that are showing signs of wear. If they are showing signs now, then depending on how much use you get out of your sled, these snowmobile parts will need replacing as they will not get you through the winter months, and you don't want to be that guy on the side of the trail holding broken bits!
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If you do not feel comfortable replacing the parts yourself, and you would just rather ride the sled, then take the time now to hook up that trailer and get your sled to a qualified repair center. If you start now, then you will not have to wait too long to have your snowmobile ready and just waiting for those snowy trails.
Don't be like last year, where you were trying to get your sled in for replacement, only to have to wait and miss out on some of the best trail days, because everyone else had the same idea after that first snowfall. Get this done early.
If you like to tinker with your sled yourself, and you have found a list of snowmobile parts that need replacing, then check the manual and make sure you have the right part number, and then you can go online and check prices and availability. Really make sure about the part numbers, as some online sites for snowmobile parts, may charge a restocking fee.
Polarispartshouse.com is one online store that sells quality parts, and lots of great accessories. Just order early, and beat the rush, especially on common replacement parts.
Kittycatsnowmobiles.com is another place you can check for accessories for your machine. Make sure you know the exact year and model of your machine, to avoid mistakes.
If you bought your snowmobile, second hand, try and find out through the previous owner and serial numbers to make sure of the year and model. This makes it easier for getting the right parts.
If you don't have one, you should consider purchasing a detailed repair manual, it will list the parts of your particular model.
Online is Another Great Place to Source Parts
There are other online sources such as Ebay and Amazon, but you have to be really careful buying second hand parts online or aftermarket parts, unless you can be sure of the picture of the parts or the source, this may not be the best way, and returns can be a problem.
There is always your local Polaris snowmobile dealership for quality replacement parts and lots of great accessories.
If you have an older model that you got for a good deal, because it needs some work, then another alternative is to find a second Polaris snowmobile, preferably the same year and model as yours and use it for parts only. (This is what happens at my house!, whether it is cars or motorcycles or snowmobiles, there always seems to be a second donor parts one).
If you go this route, then you can create one great snowmobile ready for this season. But do your family a favor, and get rid of the remains of the parts one once done!
After you have tuned up, and shined up your snowmobile, now it is time to check your helmet, suit and gloves. Maybe it is time to treat yourself to some new ones! Or at least start that Christmas list now.